The UPLB-IC team came back with a vengeance, bagging the gold as the Champion of PACSiklaban 2012 National College Chemistry Quiz held at the National College of Public Administration and Governance Assembly Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman last February 19. Led by team captain John Michael Cue, they bested 11 participating teams from the country’s prestigious colleges and universities. Together with Abraham Sianoya, Rona Karmela Bravo, Kristalle Cruz, Jessa Marie Makabenta, King Bryan Gabog, and Christian Manahan, the UPLB delegation fought hard to the end, eventually emerging victorious in this war of wits in the field of chemistry.


From the initial 11 teams, only six battled for the crown in the final stage of the competition. With a final score of 126 points, UPLB team was declared cham-pion, with teams from UP Diliman (97 points) and Ateneo de Manila University (96 points) in second and third place respectively. Teams who made it in the final round were UP Manila (92 points), University of Santo Tomas-Chemistry (77 points) and Central Luzon State University (58 points).

From last year’s excellent show-ing which landed them in second place, the UPLB delegation was able to reclaim the top spot. Since the institution of the PACSiklaban contest, UPLB holds the record for the most number of wins. In-deed, the faculty, staff and students of the Institute of Chemistry share in the triumph of its student achievers under the guidance of IC instructors Michelle Bincolado, Carmelo E. Briones and Edison G. Boonga-ling as their coaches.